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Alzheimer's Disease May Result From Past Brain Infections

Memory Loss

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  • Beta-amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease may not be intrinsically abnormal, and instead, may act as a natural antibiotic that protects your brain from infection
  • Researchers believe beta-amyloid traps infectious agents in your brain and imprisons them in a beta-amyloid “cage,” where they ultimately die
  • The “cages” left behind form the plaque buildup seen in Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease then, might be a byproduct of your brain’s attempts to fight off infections

By Dr. Mercola

It's often stated as fact that Alzheimer's disease is the result of a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in your brain. Such plaques may increase in your brain as you age, but tend to be far more abundant in people with Alzheimer's disease.

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